The Dating Game Theme Song

Original run: 1965-1986; Syndicated: until 1999

Chances are you might not be familiar with this theme song, but once your hear it, it’ll feel like you’ve known it for a while. The song is very wacky/comedic/fun. Wikipedia elusively lists Steve Kaplan as the original composer—”Later versions … of the original theme by Steve Kaplan.”

But for sure, versions were done by Chet Baker, The Mariachi Brass, David Mook, and Milton DeLugg.

So anyway, yes, The Dating Game is a dating game. It ran in the 1960s through the 1980s on ABC. It was also syndicated/resurrected as The New Dating Game sometime in the 1990s.

Below is the original theme.

By the way, a lot of songs are used as musical cues, and you might mistake some of it as the theme song. Below is a list of songs used throughout the show.

  1. “Spanish Flea” for the bachelor intro
  2. “Whipped Cream” for the bachelorette intro)
  3. “Lollipops and Roses” for the meet-your-date cue
  4. “Ladyfingers” and “Lemon Tree” for the thinking cues